I found our readings to be very interesting and eye-opening. When reading about the dialectic tensions that are apparent, it became very apparent that organizing for social change is no easy task. Out of the four dialectic tensions that were discussed (control and emancipation, oppression and empowerment, dissemination and dialogue, fragmentation and unity) I found fragmentation and unity to be most intriguing. It is obvious that coming together and forming a group is much more impacting than trying to change something on your own, however, forming unity amongst similar people is extremely challenging. “Fragmentation occurs when there are multiple voices and interpretation present in a community” (59). When people are trying to join together to make a change, tension often arises when these people do not agree.
Olympia, Washington is a community that works to organize diversified and positive educational events for those that make up the town. Members of the community created an association called “Unity in the Community” in order to make a change in Olympia. Olympia has had a history of racism and discrimination. This group was formed after a racially driven murder occurred in the early 1990’s and has worked hard to produce change since this incident. I think this is a great example of how a community can create unity amongst each other in order to see change occur.
This is the website to Unity in the Community: http://www.olympiaunityinthecommunity.org/index.html